Willis’s installation draws the visitor toward the back of the container, to a wall with panels painted eye dazzling, candied pink, red, and orange.
Willis’s piece is aligned with the innovations of previous generations of optical artists. Historically, Op Art featured play/engagement with the eye, which brought about conversations about the function of seeing and the impact of visual art within rapidly changing societies.
Willis’s work reveals that rules for art exhibition may exist in the collective subconscious, but that there is immense value in assessing and questioning established ways of experiencing art, to assure that viewers connect with art in personally meaningful ways. The new option for exhibition, seen in this work, is one of 360-degree engagement in gallery and online.
#groundrules closes on October 7th – First Friday. Appointments can be made to view the installation before the exhibition’s final day. Contact Rhetorical Galleries for more information.